Dip powder nails are different to gel manicures—which are cured and sealed under a UV lamp—this technique colours your nails with a super-pigmented powder. The exact steps vary a little from formula to formula, but in general, your technician will start by removing excess oil from your nails, covering them in a base coat, and coating your fingers one by one with a coloured powder. The powder is typically then set with a few layers of top coat, a clear powder, and then another round of top coat. The result? A super-smooth and durable manicure that’ll last three-plus weeks.
How it works
Using the Dip Powder allows there to be an extra layer of protection on top of your nail to prevent further breakage and allow the natural nail to grow without fear of breaking from opening a soda can. Not only is it great to use on natural nails, it also won’t chip or peel like other polishes. This Dip Powder is formulated without harsh chemicals, has added vitamins to help strengthen your nails, and won’t damage the nail bed. There is no need for monomer, since the system is applied with a series of adhesive-like glazes. Although the dip powder application requires a few more steps than a traditional gel or acrylic manicure, it can be done in the same amount of time in a salon or, for your convenience, it can be done in the comfort of your home.
We would never recommend doing either of these treatments as a DIY at home because for both treatments, there are chemical products that can harm skin or the nail plate if not properly applied. Even professional grade products and products marketed for at-home use contain harming chemicals, so it’s just safer to go to a salon for both gel and dip treatments.
The colour option issue is another big one. We’re used to picking nail polish based on the colour we want our nails but the powder one won’t be as exact. There’s no polish involved in this type of manicure (since you are dealing with pigmented powder) so the results on your nails may not necessarily be the same shade as what you saw in the powder jar.
Powder manicures are safe when performed by a properly trained manicurist,” said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the Department of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. “In fact, they may be safer than traditional gel manicures that use you the light that can be harmful to the skin. I would be cautious with these manicures if you already have dry or brittle nails or suffer from conditions like psoriasis, which can cause thickening of the nails.
How to remove dip powder nails
Not only that, but as with all nail enhancements, there’s a risk of your nail plates becoming dehydrated and brittle. The removal process is crucial. In my experience, most issues with poor natural nail health are a result of nail enhancements, particularly dip nails, and stem from attempts at a DIY removal at home. It is always safest to go back to the salon and have a licensed professional remove any product for you.
With their many differences, gel and Dip Powder do share a few similarities as well. Most consumers prefer gel to acrylic because of the simple removal process and Dip Powder is the same, all you have to do is soak off the powder with pure acetone, as you would with gel, it makes changing your look very simple. Some other attractive properties that gel and Dip Powder share are a long-lasting shine and comfortable and quick application.
The Bottom Line
As long as you’re going to a salon that uses safe formulas and practices a gentle removal process, there’s no harm in experimenting with a few manicure techniques, especially dip powder nails—’ cause you definitely won’t know what’s best for your nails until you try it.
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